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Shyness and fear of negative evaluation as predictors of assertiveness

Ezer, Sidre Ilgın
The purpose of this study was to examine the predictive role of shyness and fear of negative evaluation on assertiveness among adolescents. The sample was consisted of 419 high school students. Scale for Interpersonal Behavior (SIB), Shyness Scale, Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (BFNE) and a demographic information form were used to gather data. Multiple regression analysis was performed to test the proposed model of the study. Tested model was significant, while shyness was found as a significant negative predictor of assertiveness, fear of negative evaluation did not reveal as a significant predictor. Also, results displayed a significant relationship between assertiveness and both gender and grade level of the students. The findings were discussed in the light of the related literature.